The Nicolas Robinson School

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In cooperation with the TDVA, Rainbows4children has completed the building of the Nicolas Kindergarten, and in September 2005 this was opened to 160 children, aged 4-6 years. Now in 2019, there are places for 240 children attend the Nicolas Kindergarten, and we have built an eating room to give them more space for learning.

We have completed all 4 floors of the Nicolas primary school, and since it was completed in 2010, 640 children can study in grades 1 to 8. In 2010 we also completed the building of offices for the school staff. In early 2012 we built a library and music room for the primary school and started building work on the secondary school.

Secondary School classroom block


In September 2012 the Secondary School opened with 75 grade 9 students, 36 of whom had graduated from our own Primary School, grade 8. In 2019 we have a total of 360 students in the secondary school, 90 each in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12. Now children in the senior grades can benefit from best in class facilities including excellent science laboratories teaching practical science. Now children can complete their education entirely at the Nicolas School.

Equipment for the school is funded by donors and is supplied mainly by local businesses in Mekele and in Addis Ababa, including workshops where many people with disabilties are working. In 2010 we equipped the school classrooms and library with 22,000 books.

What more is needed?

Our focus now is to complete the building work of the school. Once the main structure is complete, further investment is needed to equip specialist classrooms and to ensure the school resources are well maintained. Volunteer teachers from Europe have already spent time teaching at the school and sending regular volunteers will help to improve significantly English language standards and teaching methods in general. During recent years an about 15-20 volunteers have visited the school each year, for 2 weeks to 3 months, offering skills as varied as nursing, teaching science, English, sport, kindergarten, music.

Many of the children from especially disadvantaged families having parents with disability are in need of sponsorship. This helps to give every child a chance to learn regardless of parental income.




costs $10 per week per child;  this covers the cost of the lunch the child brings to school each day from home, school uniform, pens and pencils, school fees, and summer school costs, amounting to an annual cost of $500.

In return sponsors receive regular updates of the students’ progress and occasional notes and drawings from them. To date 500 of the 1480 children at the school are sponsored and we add about 30-50 new children to the scheme each year.

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